This Great Cake Contest entry was submitted by anitanbug from Taylor, Michigan: A "no girls allowed" club house cake complete with tire swing, ladder and friends!
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Cut out 8 boy cookies using boy perimeter cookie cutters by Wilton - cut 4 at neck. also cut out 2 - 2 1/4 in round cookies - bake. Decorate the cookies with royal icing filling in face and bodies with stars. Add hair, eyes and banners. Ice 2 round cookies together in black for tire swing. Let all cookies dry
Cut three 12 in dowel rods to make two 6in, three 4in and one 5in piece. Tape each to the underside of the top plate of a lazy daisy server. Tape together cut dowel rods to make the upper branches - a 10" main branch with a 1" and a 4" for twigs. Use leftover 7" with 2" twig. Ice with brown frosting and let dry. Cover the server stand in brown for trunk and grass around the base.
Ice 3-layer cake smooth. With toothpick trace door and windows. Ice areas smooth with black. Ice wooden boards on the sides and top of cake and make wavy lines in icing for wood look. Make window and door frames and nailheads. Position boy heads in windows. Add leaves to top and underside of tree, insert upper branches and add leaves. attach pieces of pretzel to make ladder. Tie licorice "rope" to tire and hang from branch."